Gary Cash comes to Fisher Stark Cash with over 35 years of legal experience, including 25 spent as a North Carolina District Court Judge.  Gary was first elected to the bench in 1986 and most recently served as Buncombe County’s Chief District Court Judge, a position he held since 2002.  Prior to serving as judge, Gary worked in Asheville as a general practitioner in the private practice of law.

Gary attended Davidson College, during which time he was an International Rotary Scholar at the University of Meunster in West Germany.  Following his graduation from Davidson in 1971, he was a Rockefeller Fellow at Yale University Divinity School. He then went onto the UNC School of Law, earning his J.D. degree in 1976.

Gary is actively involved in the community and has held numerous leadership positions, including President of the Conference of Chief District Court Judges, President of the N.C. Association of District Court Judges, and Chair of the N.C. Custody Mediation Advisory Committee. In 2014, N.C. Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin appointed Gary to a two-year term as Chair of the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission.

Hobbies: Surf fishing, yoga, tango, waltzing

Favorite Foods: fresh seafood and whatever comes from my garden

Favorite Music: Sting, Robert Earl Keen, Sinatra


Davidson College, B.A., 1971
University of Muenster, West Germany, Rotary International Scholar, 1969-70
Yale University Divinity School Rockefeller Fellow, 1971-1972
University of North Carolina School of Law J.D., 1976


Chair, N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission
President, Conference of Chief District Court Judges
President, N.C. Association of District Court Judges
Director, N.C. Joint Judicial Conference
Member, North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission
Member, N.C. Domestic Violence Commission
Member, N.C. Family Court Advisory Committee
Chair, N.C.  Custody/ Mediation Advisory Committee
Member, Z. Smith Reynolds Advisory Panel
Founding Member, Board of Directors, The Child Abuse Center
Elder, New Hope Presbyterian Church


2015 – The National Academy of Distinguished Neautrals
2008 – 2009 28th Judicial Bar Professionalism Award
2009 – Outstanding N.C. Trial Judge Award presented by the N.C. Advocates for Justice (formerly N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers)
2009 – Champion of the Family Award, North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapists